The Spongy Moth (also known as Lymantria Dispar Dispar or LDD moth), formerly known as the European Gypsy Moth, is a defoliating (feeding on leaves) insect that is considered a major pest in North America. The caterpillar, or larva stage of the insect, eats the leaves of trees making them more susceptible to disease and damage from other insects.
Spongy Moths have been present in Brampton for more than 10 years. Over the last three years, in Brampton and neighbouring municipalities, populations of Spongy Moth have reached higher than normal levels.
To control the population growth and protect vulnerable trees from defoliation, the City of Brampton is taking on additional measures as part of an Integrated Pest Management program.